Tipperary senior hurling team manager Eamon O’Shea is "delighted" Michael Ryan will succeed him in the Premier County hot-seat after the conclusion of the 2015 campaign.
A recommendation that Ryan take over from O’Shea for the 2016 campaign will be rubberstamped at tomorrow night’s county board meeting in Thurles.
Tipperary chiefs have also revealed that 2010 All-Ireland SHC medallist Declan Fanning will come on board as a selector for O’Shea’s final season at the helm.
“This is really good for our set-up,” O’Shea told Tipp FM last night
“I’ve been an admire of Declan for a long time.
“He was a fantastic player and leader for Tipperary.
“He’ll bring a new dimension to our set-up and he epitomises everything that’s good in Tipperary, in terms of his approach to the game.
“And he knows our system, which is really critical and he knows how we think about things.”
Fanning’s appointment brings an element of change to the Tipp camp but the elevation of Ryan to the management post will ensure continuity once O’Shea steps aside.
O’Shea said: “I’m delighted with what the board is proposing.
“It will allow what we’ve been doing for the last number of years to continue.
“You have to have both continuity and change for any successful team.
“I think that’ll happen over the next couple of years but we have a strong belief within our squad.”
O’Shea stated that he has not spoken to any players in the context of possible retirements ahead of next season.
But in conversation with the Tipp players present at Dublin’s convention centre for last Friday night’s GAA/GPA All Star awards, it became apparent that they are determined to go one step further in 2015 and claim All-Ireland glory.
The fact that Tipperary edged champions Kilkenny in the final selection has led to much debate in recent days.
But O’Shea revealed: “When I look at All Stars and nominees, we had a number of players that I would consider to have had huge years for Tipperary who didn’t even get a nomination.
“It’s a great award for individual players but when I look at Tipperary, I just see the team, the squad, the panel, the collective.
“Although the players were delighted to get awards, I was speaking with all of them on Friday night and I can tell you that all of them would have gladly given up their All Stars for an All-Ireland.”
O’Shea has already pencilled in a schedule of pre-season challenge games in January, before the commencement of the Waterford Crystal Cup and the Allianz League campaign.
But he stated that he will not become fixated over the winter months about devising a game-plan aimed at toppling Kilkenny.
He said: “It would be foolish to think of one team and look at your team in the context of that team.
“Five or six teams can win the All-Ireland, for sure.
“We’ve had some great battles, come out on the wrong side of them and it’s something that if we do play them, we’ll be doing our best again to get our performance right. It’s all about us — it’s all about what we do, all about how we prepare.
“We believe we have improving to do.”
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